Right-hander Carlos Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Marlins last week and has now been released.
Miami signed Marmol to a one-year, $1.25 million deal in February, but he was a mess with an 8.10 ERA and 10 walks in 13 innings, taking three losses in 15 appearances.
Marmol is still just 31 years old and can still generate plenty of strikeouts, but his raw stuff has declined significantly and he no longer misses enough bats to make up for his horrendous control. His yearly strikeouts per nine innings have plummeted from 16.0 to 12.0 to 11.7 to 10.8 to 9.5 since 2010.
Expect him to land somewhere new on a minor-league contract.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.